Manna's Springtime Biodynamic Preps - It's only May!

Well....I know all the river guides and boating enthusiasts are stoked to have such a wet and cool April this year. But as gardeners, we definitely notice that things are growing a bit slower than normal. Don't beat yourself up, don't get down on your garden, plants need sunlight to feed themselves and without it they might be slow to start. Now that May is here and the soil is starting to warm up, your plants will certainly have a growth spurt and germinate better in the warmer soils. One of the volunteers today reminded me, "Hey! it's only May in Southwest Colorado."

With all of this rainy + cool weather, we have been able to work on expanding the garden beds at Manna, getting the hoop house ready for tomatoes and cucumbers, and diligently applying biodynamic preps. We are ready for the growing season and our compost is looking amazing. We have already turned the pile twice this spring and it's composting with a great fervor. The bees are really happy this year possibly due in part to the return of biodynamic soil + compost preps this year. Wanna know what we use and when? Check out the list below. We order all of our soil preps from Josephine Porter Institute in Floyd Virginia.

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Youth Garden Education 2016

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May OKCG Workday: Food Forest Planting with Rotary

We had a fantastic first workday of the season at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

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Good food on a tight budget

Eating well doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are some great recipes to eat well for $5/day.

Plant-Based on a Budget: How I Ate Well on $5 a Day

From Forks Over Knives

Day 1:
For my first day, I shopped at the local Mexican market.

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Tips for posting recipes

Here are some tips for posting a recipe to be sure you include all the crucial elements so someone else can duplicate your delicious recipe!

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Let's eat!

OKCG_food_basket_Leesa.JPGAs enthusiastic vegetable gardeners one of the primary reasons we grow is to EAT! And boy do I love to eat, I'm guessing you do to!

Have you ever attended a potluck with a bunch of gardeners? They sure bring some good food! And it's becuase as gardeners we appreciate the flavors, colors, and textures that nature provides us. We put intention into eating becuase we put energy and love into growing the food we eat.

So let's share our favorite ways for eating the food we grow!

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(I'm drooling just thinking about all the new ways I am going to learn to eat zucchini!)

Make sure to credit where you got the recipe from!

Here are some tips for posting recipes.

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What's in a Name: Reflections on 'OHANA

Ohana Kuleana

Have you stumbled over the name of our garden?
Most of us have. The foreign sounds of the Hawaiian words coming out uneasily, uncertainly off our tongues and into the dry air of Southwest Colorado.

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What do these sounds mean anyways?
Pronounced "Oh-Ha-Nah Coo-Lee-Ah-Nah", the name comes from Hawaiian terms:

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Manna Workdays 2016!

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Help send Sandhya to Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Dear Friend,

I am excited to let you know that I’ve applied for a scholarship to attend the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Moving Forward Together, June 2-4, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Our long term goal is to have a garden program in every school and neighborhood in La Plata County. This training will provide me with the tools and training I need in order to figure out how to make this goal a reality.

In order to be able to attend, I need to raise the registration fees and airline costs:

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From the Director - December 2015

Let me tell you a little story about myself and why I'm here...

 

When I was in second grade in Santa Barbara, CA, our school garden coordinator taught us about camouflaged insects. We inspected the school garden, searching for bugs that blended in with their environment. That night I took a mini marshmallow, squished it into the shape of a flower, dyed it pink with food coloring and wrapped wire around it to create 6 tiny legs. The next day we hid our insect creations around the garden and hunted for each others with excitement. I don’t remember if anyone found my insect, crouched on the branch of a pink flowering bush, but I remember finding many other strange and whimsical bugs scattered throughout the foliage.

 

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